I have a dell dimension 4400 that is dead

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My Dell Dimension 4400 desktop (circa 2002) is DOA and I want to move the 2 hard drives to a compatible system. I believe they are IDE but I'm not sure. Any expert advice is greatly appreciated.
 
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You don't want to re-use those drives in any new system. You can get an IDE to USB adapter to copy your files to a new computer though like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BIE996S/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00BIE996S&pd_rd_w=QtFq7&pf_rd_p=46cdcfa7-b302-4268-b799-8f7d8cb5008b&pd_rd_wg=ZTWlL&pf_rd_r=Z60S1KZHY43ASFDDW9PZ&pd_rd_r=4b1bda87-781a-11e9-b695-87acaaaa01ea

I have not used that specific model and IDE to modern connections can be tricky to get working, jumpers need to be set properly per instructions of the adapter, some just don't work well.
 
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What about using an external drive to migrate the data from the IDE drives and then reformat and reload XP? The problem is the boot sector is corrupted.
 

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What about using an external drive to migrate the data from the IDE drives and then reformat and reload XP? The problem is the boot sector is corrupted.
That boot sector issue is from the drive, not the computer, your original post said the computer was dead and you wanted to re-use the drives. I would not run old IDE drives in a computer, they are a lot slower, and older so have a high chance of going bad, if not bad already.

I would just replace the computer with something more modern with Windows 7 or 10 on it.
 

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